Size 6 model quits the industry after being body-shamed for being too big
Published 16/10/2015 | 12:40
Yet another model has spoken out against the dangerous and unattainable body standards that have become standardised in the fashion industry.
Charli Howard is the latest young woman to denounce her career as a model.
To date, she has built up a successful portfolio working with the likes of Illamasqua, Vidal Sassoon, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Cosmo.
The British model has publicly stated that her agency (which she is not naming) has routinely told her that her weight was a problem.
Enraged, Charli wrote a Facebook status update to shame the agency, which subsequently went viral.
“Here’s a big F*** YOU to my (now ex) model agency, for saying that at 5”8 tall and a UK size 6-8 (naturally), I’m ‘too big’ and ‘out of shape’ to work in the fashion industry. I refuse to feel ashamed and upset on a daily basis for not meeting your ridiculous, unobtainable beauty standards...”
“In case you hadn't realised, I am a woman. I am human. I cannot miraculously shave my hip bones down, just to fit into a sample size piece of clothing or to meet ‘agency standards’. And anyway, let’s face the facts: When I was 7 and a half stone, I still wasn't thin enough for you... Until (and if) an agency wishes to represent me for myself, my body & the WOMAN I've become, give me a call. Until then, I'm off to Nandos," she wrote.
Charli completed an interview with DazedDigital.com in the wake of the controversy, revealing that her experiences modelling eventually caused her anxiety to spiral.
"I dreaded being measured or having to take bikini Polaroids. If I was a bit bigger one day, or had spots (like the fun times I was measured on my period), they’d turn down jobs until I'd lost it again – which is hard for a woman, when your body changes naturally throughout the month. I'm not a child. As a result from the stress and nerves, my skin was constantly breaking out," she lamented.
"It’s hard to keep up with what the industry defines as ‘beautiful’ anymore," she continued. "Though I do think it’s changing, one minute we're told looking unique is in; the next, designers are sending the same type of girl down runways. There needs to be a balance. Beauty ideals are hard to get right as they're continually changing. You will never be too thin, too pretty or too individual enough."
"The industry needs to stop using the same tall, skinny white girls as a way of selling fashion. That’s not exciting. It certainly doesn’t reflect the general public, or account for the vast amount of beauty in the world," she concluded.